Saturday, 28 February 2015

Sale artworks

 A small selection of artworks are now half price - in my shop for a limited time only. See sale section.

Friday, 27 February 2015


portraits portraits - my 'classic' approach, using mostly shades of black.... I am working on a variety of sizes. It is interesting seeing the different sized portraits side by side. I'll share more of my process next week.

Have a good weekend

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

looking out


landscape - gouache

It's time to think about outside again - the sun is shining, now and then, and temperatures here are slowly rising, the days are getting just a bit longer ..... I am making a new series of smaller landscape paintings - (and portraits and poems too).

Monday, 23 February 2015

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. botanicgarden - hydrangea, 2. Work in progress., 3. Adolf Wölfli, At the Church Service in Steiermark, 4. In de tentoonstelling, 5. Untitled, 6. GR2 - Wavelengths Art Installed, 7. share_tempory, 8. WIP February 2015, 9. cushion, 10. Work in progress, 11. 1DSC_0006, 12. expo140-w, 13. Framed :-), 14. good evening from Mousehole, 15. lapin coloré, 16. Poesie II, 17. Log Lady. Twin Peaks, 18. expo133-w, 19. angel collograph prints, 20. Reflection, 21. Block printing with free machining., 22. Plum blossom, 23. Double weft twining, a technique I discovered in The Journal of Polynesian Society. From top to bottom: Allocasuarina, bamboo and Dianella. #twining #basketry #Polynesia #skirt, 24. “Interspezies Communication”, 25. Everything, everything seemed once-upon-a-time., 26. Messing around, painting in my studio., 27. putti, oil on cardboard, 25 x 25 cm (small size), 28. (lamb), 29. Flower, 30. 05p02

Hello, it's a gently sunny start to the week here - last Monday in February. I hope the mosaic above gives you some inspiration. Thanks always to the artists and photographers featured, via my Flickr contacts. Please follow links to discover more.

Thanks to you for visiting my shop update. If you haven't taken a look just yet then please do find a moment to visit and see my newest selection of artwork. I'll be updating my shop again mid-March. The next update will be slightly different as I am working on some new ideas including a zine. Much more about that in the future.

Wishing you a good start to your week. 

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Sketchbook Sunday

For the past three or four months, or so, I've used acrylics in my sketchbook. I'm now taking a break from the heavier paint and am working in gouache. So now I am sketching once again in a lighter medium with all that it may offer, re-considering new and ongoing ideas.

sketchbook sketchbook

Friday, 20 February 2015

shop update

February new work 

new works for February - thanks always for your interest as I have worked on this newest selection now available. Just a reminder: I am happy to reserve any one artwork, for up to two weeks. I ship worldwide and offer free postage to the UK. Any questions please contact me, easy to do via my shop.

It's now back to the sketchbooks and notebooks for me, at least for the next several days. I have ideas for March and beyond but more about that later.

Enjoy your weekend. 

Thursday, 19 February 2015


Interior with figure (table) 
 interior with figure (table)

 interior with figure (pink rug) 
interior with figure (pink rug)

 both are acrylics on linen (on card) 25cm x 20cm

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

two new

Here are two new paintings - just to share with you a glimpse at recently completed work. And also to say yes it is possible to work in different ways without feeling 'split'. It is ok. I know some people struggle with this idea, because they feel they must make their work highly identifiable. But looking at the brushstrokes and colours, the flow of the work, the ideas within - I think you can make connections here.

The 'woman and child' portrait is quite small and intimate in feel. It is a timeless moment. In contrast 'pixie' explores colour on a slightly larger, bolder scale: here are the colours of childhood and textures created by layering paint, creating a sense of memory and playfulness. So yes both explore memory and storytelling.

 woman & child

 woman and child



Monday, 16 February 2015

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. ·, 2. miniprint-019, 3. Nap time diaries. #wirewarp #weaving, 4. Il mio nome è nessuno, 5. SN200061, 6. expo122-w, 7. 災難之鳥The bird of disaster[Chinese literature:shan hai jing山海經], 8. Alison, 9. orchids-Mischief-Free, 10. Great Marlborough St, 11. An ensemble of Esthers, 12. river abstract 6 single band finit, 13. A selection of #antique #Japanese #fabrics I'll be working with #today., 14. Coffee + pepper, 15. leaf, 16. 05p57, 17. where inspiration comes from, 18. riffs (on a poem by Hafiz), 19. 08, 20. golden hour flowers, 21. mankind, 22. Minoan Snake Goddess, 23. expo123-w, 24. La Gare 60 x 70 cm oil on canvas (small size), 25. Eco printed cotton I have just turned into a pillow cover #ecodye #ecoprint #pattern #naturaldye #natural

Created with fd's Flickr Toys

A happy Monday to you - it's a mild, overcast start to the week here. Every morning I look at a large pot of bulbs by our kitchen door - how they are slowly appearing and the sharp green emerging plants make me smile. We are halfway through February and looking forward to spring here. Above is a lively mosaic with spring and abstract pattern in mind. Thanks to all the artists/makers/photographers featured. Please follow links to discover more.

This week I am completing a few new artworks but mostly making decisions, photographing and writing up descriptions - all in preparation for my shop update this Friday. I'll be updating some time in the later afternoon. Expect to see a few 'sneak peeks' between now and then, perhaps. I promise colour, texture, stories.....

Have a good start to your week

Sunday, 15 February 2015

sketchbook Sunday

sketchbook pages from this week

Friday, 13 February 2015

three figures

this week has been a dreary old few days and I've spent my time working quietly. I have not taken many photographs - the light has been a problem but we are due to have better sunlight next week, so fingers crossed. So I am sharing here a photo via Instagram, work in progress.... I liked this but decided to work on the painting a little further. I wanted to retain some of the spontaneity and texture of the paint/figures.

three figures
 three figures - acrylics on linen (on card)

I have a varied selection of work coming together, slowly. My next shop update will be next week, Friday 20th February.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. Eco printed cotton I have just turned into a pillow cover #ecodye #ecoprint #pattern #naturaldye #natural, 2. 1, 3. 040215, 4. Untitled, 5. Feb 8/15, 6. ghosting - image play, 7. Big Pirate Man, 8. Momoko, 9. Apart, 10. mash1, 11. Untitled, 12. the survey in the valée of the prayers, 13. img566, 14. i've been working on several different chunky ceramic wall hanging/mobile pieces & this is a prototype fresh outta the kiln.  in love with this cobalt oxide wash.  not entirely sure how they'll totally hang yet but i'm happy so far!  #sproutstudio, 15. treelane, 16. all senses, 17. Marseille, 18. Part of my bookshelf., 19. aDSC_0001, 20. Untitled, 21. 356-3, 22. , 23. 23 december 2014, 24. Lignes, 25. portrait

A milder start to the week here - and sunshine. Many thanks to all the artists and photographers featured in this mosaic. Please follow links to discover more.

I'm working quietly on new artworks. At this stage of things I find just getting stuck in, and working slowly but surely, is the best way to proceed. I can tell you I have new interior/figure paintings, new abstracts and still-life paintings all in progress or completed. My next shop update will be next week, most likely the Thursday or Friday. I'll make a decision on that by the end of this week, all being well.

Thanks always for your comments here. 

Have a good start to your week.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Sketchbook Sunday

My sketchbooks pages help me work out colour combinations, shapes and the process for layering colours. I work freely, with no set image-making in mind - except perhaps a simple idea: a figure, a pattern. Some of the pages in my sketchbooks are made very quickly, some are worked to create something yet more tangible.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

daffodils and snow

daffodils and snow

Daffodils on the windowsill, snow outside. I found that blue and white pot on the left in a charity shop and bought it for tuppence (well, £2.50). It is just right for tiny daffodil bulbs. The jug is one I made about a decade ago now, during the brief period I had a kiln. The snow is melting now and the sun is trying to come out. Last night was the coldest so far this year.

Monday, 2 February 2015

mosaic Monday

mosaic Monday

1. Untitled, 2. Wakefield, 3. Work in progress, 4. photo (1), 5. тебе, 6. Quarry, 7. Huddleston, EB in the Kitchen, 2015, oil on canvas, 29 x 42 inches, final version, 8. Betty Woodman-- Wonderful to Seeger work in person, finally! #davidkordansky #betty woodman, 9. Untitled, 10. small signs of a spring to come, 11. Everlasting Expectations, 12. upload, 13. Studio table, 14. Untitled, 15. Bridegroom., 16. runner, 17. rubiaojoscelestes, 18. little riffs, 19. Plant in window, 20. Untitled, 21. Untitled, 22. Piecing more blocks. Long winter night. #patchwork, 23. Swallow St, 24. Backyards, 25. eventide

Created with fd's Flickr Toys

Happy February to you - we're moving a little further toward spring, so I'm looking out for signs of flowers and colours to come.... thanks to all the artists/photographers featured in this week's mosaic, please follow links to discover more.

A chilly start to the week here. It is now getting dark and there's a big bright moon in the sky, so another cold night ahead. This week I am continuing on with new paintings, working in my sketchbooks and more. Thanks always for your comments here. I'll try to share a post or two as the week goes by. Have a good start to February.